A Persuasive Precedent is one which does not have to be followed by a judge, but which can influence their decision. There are 5 main ways to do this:
If a precedent was made by a lower court.
- In R v. R a judge in the House of Lords followed a precedent set by a judge in the Court of Appeal though he did not have to, which made it illegal for a husband to **** his wife.
Other things said in the judgment - Obiter Dicta
- In R. Howe, a judge decided he…